What is National Prosthodontics Awareness Week?

The American College of Prosthodontists advocates for the valuable role that prosthodontists play on the dental team. To this end, our National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (April 12-18) focuses on raising public awareness about the critical importance of a healthy mouth.

A healthy mouth and replacing missing teeth are necessary for overall health. Additionally, prosthodontists can provide expert care and are well prepared to work with assisting patients in considering the most appropriate options for replacing any number of missing teeth.

As a prosthodontist, Dr. Gulbransen is a specialized dentist with advanced training in oral health issues.  He is  committed to improving patient outcomes.

The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty association whose membership is based solely on education credentials.  ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA‐accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics at a hospital or university.

A prosthodontist is a dentist, who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth, receives additional years of advanced training after dental school, and restores optimum appearance and chewing function.  Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation and have mastered many procedures including: crowns, caps, bridges, veneers, removable partial dentures, dentures and dental implants.

Who needs a prosthodontist?

  • You are missing one or more teeth.
  • Your teeth have extensive wear, fracture or tooth breakdown
  • You are interested in dental implants.
  • You wear dentures or removable partial dentures or have fixed bridges.
  • You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.
  • You have jaw pain (TMD) or bite problems

Many factors contribute to the loss of your teeth ‐ some people are born without certain teeth, and some lose their teeth because of disease, injury, and wear as a result of clenching or grinding. Tooth loss creates both esthetic and functional problems, resulting in unwanted changes to your facial appearance, as well as a detrimental effect on your chewing ability, confidence and self‐esteem. A prosthodontist is the dental specialist uniquely qualified to restore the appearance of your smile and help you regain optimum function of your teeth.

For more information on National Prosthodontics Awareness Week or to schedule an appointment , please call our San Diego office at  619-463-3773.  We look forward to assisting you with your dental health.


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